Nigeria hits DStv satellite piracy

Nigeria’s Copyright Commission has supplied evidence against a number of local TV pirates responsible for relaying DStv signals to around 500 homes in the town of Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State.

Mr Ubong Obot has been arrested and charged with illegally transmitting the broadcast signals of MultiChoice/DStv. Obot was allegedly  installing kit for a cost of Naira 5000 and then charging a monthly subscription fee of N1000 ($6.30) to each home.

“Illegal transmitting decoders, transmission boosters, rolls of installation wires, and other accessories worth N20 million were impounded during the raid at two different locations. “Investigation into the case continues and appropriate action will be taken on conclusion of investigation,” said an official at the Commission. He added that four other pirates were being investigated and equipment worth N3.2 million seized.

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